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I have got an rx2620 (1.6GHz dual Madison, 16GB RAM, with MP). The system works properly, and I have had Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium running, as well as Debian 7 ia64. I have 3 questions:

I want to run OpenVMS, but I can't connect to DECUServe to get a hobbyist ID. Is there another free way of getting a hobbyist ID/hobbyist copy of OpenVMS/License?

Is there a HP-UX or Integrity VM 'hobbyist program' ?

When I recieved the machine, it had two cards fitted labelled as 'AH094AX'. I believe these are Dual Port Fibre Channel adapters, but I cannot find any information about supported OSes or Drivers. What are they, and what OSes are supported?
Not just a weekend thing, been trying for 2 or 3 weeks! Connection times out both using PuTTY/WinNT over a internet connection and using telnet/Linux over a Virgin Media internet connection...

Thanks for pointing me to the form. Is that the correct one to use?
Sometime between today and yesterday changed IP addresses; telnetting now returns with an immediate disconnect, instead of a wait & timeout.

The web server seems to be up and serving a page as well!

Heres hoping it all gets sorted out shortly.

Thanks for the info about HPUX, media of any IA-64 build seems to be impossible to find tho :( .

Anyone got any idea about those Fibre Channel cards?
Alver wrote: Well, when it comes to HP-UX for IA64 builds, there is always the set of images on the HP FTP:

This looks like an OpenVMS dir with cryptic contents, but for the trained eye: 5014-1449 is the internal codename of HP-UX 11.31 Base OE DVD 1, and 5014-1450 is DVD 2.

Thanks! They did not want to unpack from their zip file(s) though; I ended up using Universal Extractor, and even that complained...

Alver wrote: It won't get you very far for fancy apps (you'd need a better OE than Base for that)

Does it have a C compiler?

Alver wrote: The cards are dual port PCI-X 4Gbps fibrechannel adapters. I can't find much on them right away - but they're Integrity supported, which means any supported HP-UX on your machine will be able to use them, and VMS likely too (storage adapters are generally not the kind of boards that lack support across OSes).

Sadly I don't have any other FC devices... I might see about selling them.
Oh, I got them to unpack correctly, with matching CRC32's; by pretty much your method - concat the files together in order z01+z02+zip, feed to Universal Extractor.

As for the HP GCC: ... 5d6e10RCRD
So I got a licence! DECUServe is now up at, and the current working hobbyist form is - I submitted my details and within an day I had a nice email with PAKs and download instructions.
paulfred wrote: I did some digging online and found out that apparently OpenVMS on I64 isn't able to accept USB input during boot at all. This means that a serial console seems to be the only input method until the X server has been initialized.

urbancamo wrote: I also found that I needed a straight HP keyboard for console to work on the ZX6000 (and probably by implication RX2600) - various other brands or anything with a PS-2 -> USB adapter was a no-no.

I have a rx2620, and currently use a dual PS/2 to USB adapter, attached to an old Apex OutLook KVM, attached to a Alps Trackpad and an IBM Model M (UK layout). This setup works fine with my quad boot - Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, OpenVMS 8.4 w/Update 1000, HP-UX 11i V3 BOE, and Debian Linux 7 (from a USB memory stick) - although HP-UX sometimes freaks out over the trackpad.

OpenVMS on I64 works fine using the iLO VGA and onboard USB for the boot console, as does every other OS I have tried; my system has not been set for a serial primary console since I recieved it.
HP Integrity rx2620 : Dual Itanium 2 1600 / HP iLO MP / 16GB RAM / OpenVMS v8.4 / HP-UX 11i v3 / Windows Server 2008 R2 ia64 / Debian 7
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